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November 28 - Morning

"“Pray for us that the message of the Lord may
spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with
you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith.”

- Second Thessalonians 3:1-2

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Establishing Centers for the Word to Spread Rapidly    

Paul asks the Thessalonians to pray that the word of the Lord would “spread rapidly.” The phrase "spread rapidly" is the translation of the Greek word treche that literally means “run.” Or, it could be translated literally: “Pray that the word of the Lord may run.” The rapid advance of the Word of God is an ongoing process that has been occurring since the days of the Old Testament and will continue until it has the full victory.

Psalm 147:15 – “He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly."

The prayer for the rapid advance of the word of God also includes a request that the word would also be “honored.” This word speaks of triumph and can be translated “glorified,” which would result from a positive reception of the message of truth. This is exactly what happened when the Gentiles heard Paul teach the word of God in a synagogue at Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13:48)…they “honored the word of the Lord.”

“When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord.” – Acts 13:48

When the Word of God was honored in Pisidian Antioch the result was that it spread to the whole region around Antioch:

            “The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.” – Acts 13:49

This is what Paul is asking the Thessalonians to pray happens in Thessalonica:

“Pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:1

Paul’s strategy always seems to be built on the principle of establishing a powerful base of operation in an area by teaching them the Word of God and from there the believers reach into the whole of the region. This strategy is seen working:

  1. Pisidian Antioch in Galatia (Acts 13:49)
  2. Ephesus in Asia (Acts 19:9-10)
  3. Thessalonica to reach Macedonia (1 Thessalonians 1:7)
  4. Corinth to reach Achaia (2 Corinthians 1:1)
  Christian Quote from Church History
"The early Christians condemned false doctrine
in a way that sounds almost unchristian today."
- Vance Havner
Something to Ponder??

Top Ten Heresies
in Church History:
(from J. Patrick Hornbeck II)

  1. Arians - taught that Jesus was created.
  2. Free Spirt - once spiritual perfection is reached there are no laws
  3. Marcionites - the evil OT God that created the world was an inferior god compared to the good, loving, forgiving God of the NT.
  4. Donatists - salvation, baptism and sacraments outside 'official' church were invalid.
  5. Cathars - physical world was the work of an evil god -so, avoid it
  6. Docetists - Son of God never took on flesh. His body was an illusion.
  7. Nestorians - Jesus had two personalities: one divine, and,
    one human
  8. Pelagians - people could earn their way into heaven by doing good deeds
  9. Conciliarists - believed church councils hold ultimate authority...this led to the declaration of papal infallibility in 1870!?!
  10. Lollards - followed John Wyclif's rejection of transubstantiation, powers of the pope, rituals in the church and was the morning star of the Reformation.

(well, I agree that 9 of these are heresies...but, I might
be a Lollard today...)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Satan (Hb) - Satan (Eng) - the Hebrew word satan is from the Hebrew word stn which is the noun satan which means "adversary" (Numbers 22:22; 22:32), "opponent," or "legal prosecutor."
is used as a verb "to be at enmity with," "to be hostile towards," "to accuse" (Ps. 109:20).
The word satan also is a title refering to Satan in Job 1:6-9, 12; 2:1-4, 6-7.
  Isaiah says that the people in the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali from the area around the Sea of Galilee would be the first to be conquered by the Assyrians (Isaiah 9:1).
A relief cut into gypsum stone (see image here) from the Assyrian palace at Nimrud shows the warriors of Tiglath-pilesar III leading Jews from the area of the Sea of Galilee captive. (more details)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Showing favoritism is not good, but do I show favoritism when it is to my advantage?
Do I neglect people when there is nothing to be gained from them?
I will treat people kindly and be fair to them because these are the right things to do.
  "To show partiality is not good - yet a man will do wrong
for a piece of bread."
Proverbs 28:21
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Acts 2 Colossians 2 Second Thessalonians
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem




Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

This jar, found just southeast of the southeast corner of the Temple Mount is from the time of Jeremiah's ministry and the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC.
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Jesus' early Judean ministry. (click on image for larger size)
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